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Moving For Better Balance

Moving for Better Balance is an evidence-based, fall-prevention program that uses the principles and movement of Tai Chi to help older adults improve balance and increase confidence for everyday activities. The program is designed to help you improve your strength, balance, flexibility and mobility through the slow and therapeutic movements of Tai Chi.

According to the CDC, each year more than 1.5 million Americans will have a stroke or heart attack, which may result in impaired balance and mobility. Research has shown that Tai Chi-based programs like Moving For Better Balance may aid rehabilitation for those aged 45 or older with heart disease. Research has also shown that participants in Tai Chi classes had fewer falls, and fewer fall injuries, and their risk of falling was decreased by 55 percent. When combined with standard treatment, programs like Moving For Better Balance may help alleviate the symptoms associated with other chronic diseases and conditions.

"The Moving For Better Balance class was both helpful and fun—a mix of balance-focused preparation and exercise (sometimes a bit challenging!) and the intriguing discipline of Tai Chi. Our group really bonded. After about three sessions, we were sharing with each other our own tips for moving through the flowing, dance-like Tai Chi sequences." - Program Participant

Program Details

  • 12-week program, 24-session, group-based program consists of one-hour, twice-a-week sessions
  • The program is led by a trained instructor
  • Focuses on improving functional ability to reduce fall-related risks and frequency for those with low to moderate risks of falls
  • A small group to help support participants
  • Safe and comfortable environment to learn and practice
  • Convenient location in the community located in Downtown Greensboro

Program Benefits

  • A positive social experience
  • Improved balance and stability
  • Improved memory and cognition
  • Improved muscle strength
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved flexibility
  • Improved mental and emotional well-being
  • Improved physical well-being including decreased blood pressure and improved cardiovascular and respiratory function

How do I qualify? 

Program participants may be Y members or community guests. To participate in the program, participants must be:

  • 65 years or older, physically mobile, with impaired stability and/or mobility
  • 45 years or older with a chronic condition that may impact stability and/or mobility
  • A YMCA membership is not required

Enrollment

Classes will be in person at the Bryan YMCA. This program is free and open to the community. To learn more and enroll, contact Lisa Edwards or call (336) 478-9622.